Orthodox hierarchs respond to death of George Floyd

New York, June 1, 2020

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Several Orthodox hierarchs in America have made statements in response to the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of America issued a statement yesterday, May 31, stating:

We, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, mourn the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd on May 25, 2020. We too have looked with horror at the footage of this episode, and condemn the brutal actions that caused his violent death. We look to the civil authorities to bring to justice those who participated in this senseless tragedy.

“We categorically reject racism in any form,” the hierarchs write, recalling that all men are created in the image and likeness of God and that we are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28). “As such, there should be no hatred, no enmity, no hostility between us, but reconciliation,” the statement reads.

While violent protests have erupted throughout the country in the wake of Floyd’s unjust death, the Synod “call[s] upon the members of the Orthodox Church in America, and to all the communities they live in, to engage in the service of righteousness and peace in the Holy Spirit. We exhort everyone to ‘pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding (Romans 14:17, 19).’”

The Synod concludes by offering prayers for George Floyd, his family, and the communities that are now being destroyed in the riots.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America also addressed the situation on Twitter, saying, “We must stand against racism and stand for equality for all”:

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Isidora6/11/2020 4:39 pm
More evidence that the Orthodox hierarchs in the USA as simply tools of the liberal State. They get worked up not over things that affect our Orthodox Church--like greater restrictions on worship than on bars and State interference in the Liturgy--no, they get worked up supporting the politically correct crisis of the week. Lately I've taken to reading conservative Roman Catholics such as Archbishop Vigano who have the courage to speak directly about the war with Satan in this country and around the world. By the way, are the OCA and GOA going to claim they are ignorant that cries of EQUALITY!! were and are the slogan of atheist communism? Are they claiming ignorance of the stated objectives of Black Lives Matter organization?
Mary6/10/2020 4:18 pm
Correction: not all Russian food is awful, a kind soul did introduce me to a good dish. The rest of my comments stand.
Mary6/10/2020 9:27 am
I’m a black Orthodox Christians and will die one, but you guys are a such cross; Americans, Russians, Greeks, Arabs.’you bring your racism with you to church and , obviously, live and practice your warped views on the daily. . Shame on you. God help your “superior” selves for being so hard hearted. You’re rude too. I’m not even going to dignify you haters with what could be some helpful truths. That’s casting pearls before the blackhearted; a waste of time. As for Bishop Peter, I met him once and until the Russian blinders come off his eyes, that will be the last time I will ever go to church to welcome him.. Then all the stereotypes are trotted out as if Black people were just looting and killing. I will go to church, pray for your blackhearted souls but stay as far away from you people as possible until you humbly remember that all black people are children of God and equal to you. God loves us the same and doesn’t assume we’re robbers, looters, inferior, killers, etc. How dare you? Supposedly you are my “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ. You and Svitlana Flom. By the way, Russian food is awful. I’m not kneeling for Ukraine and Russia again, donating for Syrians, or listening to lectures about a Albanians again. You don’t have the decency to even show some respect for what my people are going through. I’m done with you. I forgive you your stupidity, but have nothing to say to you until the Holy Spirit is allowed in those ice cold hearts of yours.
Dr. James I Hicks, D.D. & the Prestigious Seven Seals Singers of Newport News, VA6/9/2020 8:07 pm
Dr. James I Hicks & the Prestigious Seven Seals Singers led by the Founder Saint Viola Carey in the 1950s and 60s took a strong stand for Civil Rights for Black and White people togetherness in peace! We must recognize Mr. George Floyd for his good works! His good works are standing before our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ right now! We pray for the Repose of Mr. Floyd's soul and may God give great courage to the Family! God Almighty Be With You!
Matthew6/2/2020 1:03 pm
I am against the murder of innocents, whether it be Abel, the victims of Herod's massacre as he sought to kill the Savior, any of the prophets, a black man, a white man, or anyone else. Any of these innocents' lives mattered to God, because He created them. If George Floyd was a criminal, I wish he'd had the chance to repent. If he wasn't a criminal, then his death is all the more offensive to God. In the states where the death penalty is possible, it is administered after a trial has been held and guilt has been determined by a jury. I have not heard any grounds for this one unarmed man to have been a threat to four armed policemen, so how can we do anything but grieve and innocent death and hope for justice (not retribution) to be served in a court of law? I have empathy for the police officers involved too. I am not a cop, I don't know what it's like. I share the same sinful nature they have, my behavior is also affected by hormones that flood my system when I feel threatened. I cannot say with certainty that I, having been in their situation, would have acted perfectly and sinlessly — that is a ridiculously haughty and delusional statement. If someone sins, they need to repent to God. If someone commits a crime, they need to be put on trial and judged according to the law. Murder is murder. Looting is a crime, but it is not murder. Burned buildings and stolen wares are not created in the image of God, and they can be easily replaced. George Floyd or any victim of murder cannot be replaced. Our laws assign different punishments for different crimes, so let the law be applied to all crimes. And God grant that "secular," legal sentences not be without true spiritual repentance! And God have mercy on us for our hard-heartedness.
Jesse Dominick6/2/2020 10:51 am
This is a news article. News articles are about what's happening in the world.
Constantin6/2/2020 8:32 am
Countless of Christians die in Syria and other parts of the world (see in Africa by Boko Haram terrorist group,etc) at the hands of terrorists sponsored by the USA just for the sake of regime change and other diabolical agendas, When it happens in USA, a random person becomes a hero overnight. What is this hypocrisy? Why does the orthochristian website which is the most read orthodox site in the world use a picture of Floyd with a halo around his head? Why didn't they use any other normal picture of him in the article? They play with peoples emotions to lure us into their agendas. So will the antichrist come as a hero out of nowhere and be crowned as messiah and deceive the many in the name of love for each other and unity. Lord have mercy!
Svetlana Ivanova6/2/2020 7:56 am
Why don't you please stick to religious educational material? We see enough of the ridiculous Political Correctness garbage on the secular sites.
Evangel6/1/2020 8:43 pm
The English page of pravoslavie.ru was better when it was just translations of spiritual texts from Russian and other languages. Now it's very watered down with American secularized/ protestantized silliness. Let the OCA join the Epsicopelian church already and leave the rest of us alone.
John6/1/2020 4:43 pm
Nice politically correct statement here. Yet they don't seem to respond when a white man is killed by the police, or when a black man kills another black man - which is a daily occurrence in our inner cities. I'm not sure what any of this has to do with racism - wasn't this Floyd guy in the middle of committing a crime? Was he intoxicated and resisting arrest? The police officers involved have already been fired, and an investigation is being conducted. What do they want? Will the bishops respond with equal aghast when a white man is killed by a black cop - or only when the media tells them to? Will the bishops condemn the protestors who are looting and burning police stations? No? I wish they would spare us the virtue signalling and focus on getting our churches open again.
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